Thanks for checking out my build! This machine evolved from a previous Hackintosh build I completed last year in an NZXT H440. I loved the look of my last build, but I wanted a more elegant case with room to expand and potentially setup a custom water loop. I fell in love with the other builds on this website using the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Tempered Glass, and instantly knew I wanted to showcase my next build in this case. It's taken me over three months of planning, tests, and failures to get the build to where it is now, and I still don't think it's complete. haha Just a few more tweaks with the custom cables and new combs and I think I'll be content with it. We'll see!
UPDATE Thanks to everyone here for the support and thanks to PC Part Picker for featuring my hard work!
Parts List for the Desk:
- Desktop: IKEA Hammarp 26"x98" Oak Countertop
- Riser: IKEA Hammarp 26"x74" Oak Countertop
- Drawers: IKEA Alex Drawers x2
- Riser Legs: IKEA Capita Brackets x2
For those of you asking about the car, click here.
I did a lot of research before selecting an x99 motherboard. Asus seems to product top notch products, and don't strip off every useful feature for their "entry" level boards. This x99-A II had everything I was looking for, and supposedly should be compatible with Mac OS when I decide to load it on this machine. A nice clean black PCB and white LED highlights polish off an already good looking and feature packed board. I'm taking off one star because Asus's software suite seems to make the system extremely unstable, which is a shame.
Not much to say here. I wanted DDR4 with a native 2400Mhz speed for interoperability with OSX. Other than that, color and value were the most important aspects. I don't particularly care to see the yellow-ish edges of the PCBs on this RAM, but the white heatsinks definitely look good, and at $125 for 32GB from a trusted OE supplier who manufactures their own chips, you can't really go wrong.
Picked this up to be my primary drive for OSX. With the same tech found in the 840 series, there's not much to complain about here, especially as prices keep dropping.
I've had my eye on these since they were first released and finally got to pull the trigger with this new build. It doesn't improve much on boot times since most of that time is spent in POST, but loading my heavy apps like Lightroom and Photoshop are nearly instant. Some quick benchmarks show the drive's sequential reads at over 2,400MB/s and sequential writes at over 1,500MB/s.
I use one of these drives as my bulk storage for photos, movies and downloads. For a 5,400rpm drive, it's pretty quick, and being a WD Red, I can count on it to be energy efficient and reliable. I even have 5 more of these same drives installed in my Drobo for backup purposes.